Sunday, February 13, 2005

Loving "Beyond the Sea"

Granted, I was interested in seeing Beyond the Sea, Kevin Spacey's biopic of the late Bobby Darin. But my expectations were absolutely zero, based in part on the largely lackluster reviews the film had received and the fact that the movie was ignored as far as Oscar nominations go. Being a child of the 1960s, though, I've always had a soft spot for Darin, and I've been a Spacey fan ever since he played Mel Profitt on the Wiseguy TV series back in the late '80s. So we went to see Beyond the Sea today.

In short, I was blown away. I loved it. I adored it. Spacey -- who wrote, directed, and stars -- is a genius. His script is very clever. His acting and direction are superb. And he does his own singing! Kate Bosworth makes a fine Sandra Dee. John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi...hell, they're all top-notch in this. William Ullrich, the kid who plays "little Bobby Darin," is a standout. And then there's the music, and the dance numbers... I was grinning through the whole movie. I can't recommend it highly enough.

So what's with the movie critics? And the Academy?

Go figger.


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